Wood Craft

Ben Wood

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Beamer-Dias wedding
party draws a crowd
and a princess

When a member of the talented Beamer family gets married there is bound to be plenty of fine entertainment. Saturday's wedding reception for Kapono Beamer and Immigration Judge Dayna Dias at Haleiwa Joe's at Haiku Gardens was no exception. The wedding service was held Saturday morning at Kaumakapili Church and performed by Rev. William Kaina. Mahi Beamer was at the keyboard as some 130 guests arrived for the reception. Kapono's Uncle Keola Beamer, who has been ill, welcomed and introduced the bridal party and the couple's parents, Nona Beamer and Ken and Carol Dias. Attorney Carlotta Dias was her sister's maid of honor and best man was Melvin Kapule. Kapono, with his guitar, joined Mahi as Nona danced a couple of her compositions. The men shared more vocals as Marmie Kaaihue, Gaye Beamer and Sarah Beamer danced hula. Kapono's son Kamana played nose flute. Carol Miyamoto and Eileen Kawakami played harp and flute. Princess Abigail Kawananakoa was among guests. She wished the newlyweds happiness, expressed joy in seeing so many familiar faces and joked that she broke Uncle Keola's cane across her knee. In keeping with the fun, he claimed she broke it across his back. A claim the princess, with a sweet smile, denied ...

Serving Jason gives Jan a lift at Murphy's

Jason Momoa of "North Shore" downed a steak at Murphy's Thursday night. Waitress Jan Diehl didn't mind serving tall, dark and handsome Jason one bit. She also told him how much she enjoys the show and that made him happy ... I started a weeklong vacation by taking in the Symphony Pops concert Sept. 11 at Blaisdell Concert Hall. I thought I was going to see an outstanding trumpet player. Well, not only is Arturo Sandoval a brilliant trumpet man but he is also a hot jazz pianist, vocalist and Latin percussionist. Sandoval unleashed all of his talents in the fab program. Singer Rocky Brown, with her husband DeShannon Higa soloing on trumpet, was the impressive supporting act. Kalapana and Yvonne Elliman join conductor Matt Catingub and the Pops Oct. 1 and 2 at the Concert Hall ...

Although it couldn't go on forever, it was a disappointment that Oakland's Jerry Rice had only one opportunity to catch a pass Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. His failure to make a reception ended his incredible streak of making a catch in 274 games, going back to 1985. The Raiders won, 13-10, but it is understandable that Jerry was upset after the game ...

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Ben Wood, who sold the Star-Bulletin in the streets of downtown Honolulu during World War II, writes of people, places and things every Wednesday and Saturday. E-mail him at bwood@starbulletin.com



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